Question: i have cotaneaus lupus and my hair is extremely falling. I have done 2 sets of cortisone shots but my hair is still falling. Can I get help with you guys?
Answer: Hi, Yesenia. Hair loss from lupus is a form of what's known as scarring alopecia, or cicatricial alopecia.
Whilst lupus is an autoimmune condition the hair follicles can be attacked, and even destroyed, by the resulting inflammation. According to St. Thomas' Hospital Lupus Trust, hair loss from cotaneous lupus in particular is thought to increase during the summer months.
Generally, due to the irreversible damage this condition causes to the hair follicles, hair loss treatment will not work for people with lupus. This is because the main treatment that would normally be used to promote regrowth - high strength minoxidil - works by stimulating the follicles, but when these are severely damaged or dead, this becomes impossible. There are currently clinical trials going on into potential treatments for forms of scarring alopecia, although none are yet ready to market.
It can sometimes be possible to restore hair loss from lupus through surgical means but whether or not you are suitable for a hair transplant is decided on a case-by-case basis. We recommend you speak with a reputable hair restoration surgeon who will be able to assess your suitability and discuss the process with you.
The Belgravia Centre is a world-renowned group of a hair loss clinic in Central London, UK. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation from anywhere in the world for home-use treatment.
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